Save My Small Business

$768 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 21 people in 41 months




For the last 10 years, I have owned and operated a small business selling Pagan and Wiccan supplies to the public through travelling to various conventions around the country (Anime, Sci-Fi, Literary, etc). I have prided myself on keeping my prices reasonable, my product selection varied and as wide as possible, and my clients happy with both their purchases and the answers I provide to their questions. Almost every place I've gone, I have heard the same comments about how happy they are to see me there, and how they "used to have a shop like this in town, but they closed". 

Then came the economic collapse, and the need to scale back, tighten up the finances, and keep the business alive and afloat until things turned around. It was hard, but I managed to do it, cutting back from 26-30 shows a year to just 7. I even managed to add new product lines from time to time, increasing my base appeal and widening my sales audience! As a "micro" business (aka a small business that didn't make at least $100,000 per year), I didn't qualify for a bailout, and I certainly wasn't considered "too big to fail". So after a lot of hard work, and self-sacrifice, I managed to survive, and saw the economy rebounding. 




I now take my 15 year old son on the road with me, and since he is autistic, the ability to constantly meet new people and practice striking up conversations and deciphering body language has helped him tremendously, as has the behavioral therapy sessions and medications I have been able to afford because of the sales made at conventions. He's come so very, very far since his diagnosis, and if I have to shut the business down now, I'm worried that his progress will falter, as I won't be able to send him to therapy as often, or even at all. I would do anything to keep him on track, because I have seen what he's like without these therapies and medications, and I have seen what he can be with the right therapeutic support.




So I am doing something now that comes hard for me: I am asking for your help. Every little bit helps, as I'm sure you know, and every bit will be deeply appreciated. The money that you help me raise here will go exclusively toward paying off suppliers and debt that has mounted due to a couple of bad conventions in a row, and unforeseen repairs to equipment (for instance, having to check into a motel an extra night and drop $140 on a new trailer tire when one shredded itself after business hours in Missouri). Paying off these debts will allow me to keep booking shows, and keep travelling from state to state with my son, helping him with his autism and bringing a little joy and happiness to those we meet at conventions. 



But what's in it for you? Well, aside from helping me meet my goals, you can choose from several different rewards for yourself, as well. Pick one of the soft, comfy pillows, or a pack of custom buttons, or even sample some of my (almost) world famous fudge!



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Happy Halloween, everyone! And with the spooky half-moon rising, and the trick or treaters beating a path to your doors, I'd like to remind you all that A) I'm still selling some HUGE batches of fudge and other goodies to help recover from some colossal hits lately, and B) now that temps are falling and Fall has finally arrived, it's the perfect time to ship that fudge right to your door!

Take a moment, if you will, and look over the various offers, and please help out if you can. It's important to me to keep my small business afloat, but it's even more important to my autistic son, so he can travel with me to the shows, and meet new people while practicing his social skills :)
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Cooler weather is finally HERE!

Of course, this means that NOW is the perfect time to order some fudge, and get it shipped directly to your door :)

With average high temps here in North Texas hovering in the low-80's to low-70's range, an order placed now will get shipped out in nearly Goldilocks conditions: Not too hot, not to cold!

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Happy Weekend, everyone! Just wanted to let everyone know that not only did I add several new fudge flavor choices, but I have also posted photos and prices on my FaceBook page of all the tarot decks and pendulums I currently have in stock, including a couple of decks that are currently listed on Amazon for $65 and up! Check them out, and remember, almost all the decks and all of the pendulums fit neatly into a Christmas stocking ;)
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Hi guys! Still plugging away at my post-SLCC debt, so any assistance would be greatly appreciated :)

In the meantime, I am adding a few more fudge flavor choices into the mix:

Vanilla Fudge
Maple Fudge
Tuxedo Fudge (a layer of dark chocolate topped with another layer of white chocolate)
White Chocolate Raspberry Fudge
Milk Chocolate Fudge
Dark Chocolate Fudge

Also, I'm adding two whole new reward levels! Just pledge $17, and I will send you an entire batch of approximately 2 dozen big, soft, gooey chocolate chip cookies! Or, pledge $18, and you'll get a full batch of soft-baked Cranberry Oatmeal Citrus cookies!
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$768 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 21 people in 41 months
Created September 16, 2014
$5
Thank you!
Every bit helps, and I am deeply appreciative! Know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers, and have our gratitude!
$6
3pk Buttons
Get 3 Identical Custom Buttons! Your artwork, your logo, your slogan, whatever you want professionally printed and pressed onto 3 2-1/4" buttons!
$10
12pk Buttons
12pk of professionally printed and pressed custom buttons! Your logo would look fantastic on these 2-1/4" pin-back buttons. Makes a great promo item!
$15
1 lb FUDGE
47 of 50 left
Choose from Peanut Butter, Chocolate Raspberry, or Mint Chocolate Fudge, and get a 1 lb container shipped right to your door!
$16
1 lb Fudge v.2
50 of 50 left
Your choice of either White Chocolate, Lemon, or Chocolate Orange fudge, packed up and shipped to your door!
$17
1 lb Fudge v.3
50 of 50 left
Your choice of either Dark Chocolate, Rum Butter, or Toasted Coconut fudge packed up and shipped right to you in a 1 lb container!
$20
Random T-Shirt
148 of 150 left
Select this level to get one randomly selected t-shirt shipped to you, after we contact you for your size. You can see our designs at ThatPaganChick.com.
$22
Random Pillow
25 of 30 left
One randomly chosen pillow! Print may have fairy, mermaid, horse, or other motif. Pillows have removable covers for easy washing, and shipping is included.
$37
Big Fudge v.1
29 of 30 left
A full 2.5 lb batch of your choice of White Chocolate, Lemon, or Chocolate Orange fudge. Includes shipping!
$38
Big Fudge v.2
28 of 30 left
Choose from a full 2.5 lb batch of Chocolate Raspberry, Peanut Butter, or Mint Chocolate fudge, packed up and shipped right to you! Includes shipping!
$39
Big Fudge v.3
24 of 30 left
Your choice of a full 2.5 lb batch of Dark Chocolate, Rum Butter Chocolate, or Toasted Coconut fudge! Packed up fresh, and shipped right to you!
$17
Chocolate Chips
Get a FULL batch (approx. 2 dozen) fresh-baked soft chocolate chip cookies! Got milk?
$18
Oatmeal Cookies
Get a fresh-baked FULL batch of soft, chewy Cranberry Oatmeal Citrus cookies! Dried cranberries, whole rolled oats, and just a hint of orange zest. Yum!
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